I am an Associate Professor specializing in Media at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology. I am an anthropologist with a PhD in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia and an MA in the Anthropology of Media from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. I was Trudeau Foundation Scholar from 2006-2010, and in 2017 I received the Confederation of Faculty University Association of BC’s Early in Career Award, recognizing contributions outside of the academy.
As the director of the Making Culture Lab, my research explores the role of digital technology in the documentation and safeguarding of cultural heritage, and the mediation of culture, history, objects, and subjects in new forms. My video and multimedia works investigate documentary methodologies to address Indigenous and settler histories of place and space. As assistant editor of the journal Visual Anthropology Review, I designed its first multimedia volume (2003). My work has been published in journals such as Leonardo, American Indian Quarterly, Museum Anthropology Review, and Visual Anthropology Review. I am a co-founder of the Ethnographic Terminalia Curatorial Collective, which curates exhibitions at the intersection of ethnography and contemporary art each year in parallel with the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association.
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